I have always wondered how smart phone can be of useful in a practical way. To me, since my Dad was left alone at home after my mom passed away, monitoring his health has always been my greatest challenge.
Here is an app that I’ve just come across on YouTube video today. iTriage. It’s an application that use an avatar to help you pinpoint your symptoms, helps people identify, triage, and find nearest hospital/Emergency with GPS for treatment when needed.
Sure, you probably say, there are many similar applications out there already. However, nothing I find so far really tells me what type of doctors or hospitals I should visit or gives references according to the detailed description of my symptoms. Too bad this app is only available in the U.S. and I wish someone in Japan can create one with the Japanese version; either on the Android tablet or on an iPhone… Of course, there is no need to make an appointment in Japan because you can just go visit a doctor anytime you want. True, but, how do you know you are going to the right hospital when you have certain symptoms and are out of town? Especially the doctors in Japan, they don’t suggest you what other possibility of your symptoms might lead you to unless you ask the right question. If anyone or anything that can advise me with 2nd opinions, I’d feel much better and comforting to know what is happing in my body before visiting.
I tested on a symptom which my Mom used to have before she found out she got cancer: Unsteady gait (Trouble walking). Guess what, the phone lead me to Brain tumor, cerebral palsy, cerebral vascular accident, etc.. When I tab on “Testing”, the words CT scan, MRI, Biopsy showed up. Under “Specialist”, it has directed me to Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery. If an iPhone would be invented earlier, my mom’s health would be monitored constantly and she would be still alive. At least that is what I would do with this app since I am busy and far away from her all the time.
Hey boss! I think if you can use the same technology in Japanese, I am sure the Health Department of Japan will give you an award for reducing the risk of getting serious chronicle diseases and the social health insurance department will then less likely to waste its medical expense because people would get the right treatment from the right doctors. It’d be even fancier if you can use our Augmented Reality to apply on the GPS and makes it look appealing for user to download it.